Are You a Philosopher?

The person who is in the best position to decide whether you long for wisdom and sincerely seek it, is you yourself. Call yourself a philosopher if you know you sincerely long for wisdom and have, as one of your life projects, the pursuit of wisdom, which you may do not only by studying Philosophy, but also by mixing the study of Philosophy with the study of other subjects and/or immersion in other pursuits. – Bryer Sophia-Gardener

I liked Bryer’s answer on Quora so well I have decided to share it here.

Philosophy literally means the love of wisdom, but in the context of the early Greeks, it probably means something more like the pursuit of wisdom.

Here is a news flash for many, you don’t need a philosophy degree to be a philosopher. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Leibniz didn’t have degrees.

Are you a serious pursuer of wisdom? Then you are a philosopher.

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Jay N. Forrest

Zen Humanist Teacher.